1. Introduction

This report presents the results of the Evaluation of the Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystems Health Program (sub-program 1.2.1 in the Department’s program alignment architecture), which was conducted by the Audit and Evaluation Branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The evaluation was identified in the 2014 Departmental Risk-Based Audit and Evaluation Plan. The evaluation was conducted in order to respond to the requirements of the Financial Administration Act and the 2009 Treasury Board of Canada Policy on EvaluationFootnote 2, to evaluate all ongoing grants and contributions programs and direct program spending at least once every five years.

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